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Rossian Ethics: W.D. Ross and Contemporary Moral Theory

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2019.11.09 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews David Phillips, Rossian Ethics: W.D. Ross and Contemporary Moral Theory, Oxford University Press, 2019, 216pp. $65.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780190602185. Reviewed by Philip Stratton-Lake, University of Reading David Phillips presents the first book-length discussion of Ross's moral theory. It consists of five chapters covering not only his theory of prima facie duties, but also his pluralist view about the good, as well as his meta-ethics and epistemology. Much of the book is persuasive, both as an interpretation of Ross, and as a plausible moral theory. Phillips is critical of Ross's epistemology, but accepts the main aspects of his normative theory and metaethics. I think Phillips' most important and interesting contribution is his novel interpretation of the notion of a prima facie duty, in particular, the special duties of fidelity, reparation and gratitude. (More on that below.) But there are excellent discussions of each of the topics covered. Chapter... Read More

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